The short Belgian film “The last dance of Walter Vintorp” by Neuray Claude is an official selection competing at the International Filmmaker Festival of New York. The film will screen on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 6:00PM at Producers Club Theaters (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). Starring Marcel Gonzalez, Damien Marchal, Guy Staumont, the film is produced by Kip Kap, and it is written and directed by Neuray Claude.
After having travelling and working in different countries, Claude Neuray returned to Belgium where he runs a shop in the flee-market area of Brussels. For a long time, Claude desired to make a movie and then he started writing. With the help and encouragement of few friends he made ‘The Last Dance of Walter Vintorp’.
‘The Last Dance of Walter Vintorp’ is the debut short film by Claude Neuray. It’s an off-beat tale of sacrifice in the pursuit of one’s passion, where the price to pay is the life of the central character. In the murky underworld of Walter’s hitman family, his choice to stop killing and to start dancing does not go down well…
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Director Claude Neuray
NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?
Claude Neuray: It is a great pleasure that our film has been selected.
NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film competition?
Claude Neuray: To be honest I don’t know upon which criteria the selection has been made, surely good one because our film has been selected.
NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? What is it about?
Claude Neuray: «The last dance of Walter Vintorp » is a film that tells the story of Walter, who belongs to a family of hitmen. He wants to quit this line of work and dedicate himself fully to his ultimate passion: dance.
His father doesn’t agree and decide to kill him. Walter accepts his destiny and makes his way to the place where he will perform his last dance.
NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it.
Claude Neuray: A group of more or less 20 persons were involved in the making of this project, I wrote the script, and afterwards I convinced some people to join me, It was a low budget project, so nobody did it really for money.
NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?
Claude Neuray: Never forget your dreams.
NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018?
Claude Neuray: Unfortunately, I won’t attend the festival.
What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?
Claude Neuray: If they spend a good time, I am already very happy
NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?
Claude Neuray: It’s a long debate, the grace I would say, if it touch me deeply not because of the sadness but the trueness or exactness in the reproduction of some feelings.
NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?
Claude Neuray: Now, I still have another job, I did a lot of things too long to be listed here, I am 52 years old, so I am an old young director.
NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?
Claude Neuray: It’s worth trying.
NY Elite: What’s next for you?
Claude Neuray: I would like to make very small shorts capsules.